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Chateau Ferran 2016

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JS 91
James Suckling
Perfumed and very pretty with currant and black-tea character. Medium body, round and easy tannins and a taunt finish. A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. Better in 2022.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Ferran is medium garnet-purple colored and reveals beautiful red and black cherries, warm plums and mulberries scents with an earthy undercurrent and a waft of charcuterie. Medium-bodied, it has a wonderfully plush palate with bags of earth-laced fruit and a long minerally finish.
D 91
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A 15ha estate in Martillac, owned by Philippe Lacoste, this is from a blend of 78% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, with an average vine age of 25 years. This has a really attractive grip that pulses right through the palate. The soils are gravelly but there is a lot of clay and limestone too and you can tell the vines resisted the heat well through the vibrancy of the wine. Aged in 33% new oak, there is a whoosh of vanilla sweetness on the attack, but the wine carries it well and is balanced. Drinking Window 2023 - 2038

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Chateau Ferran

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Chateau Ferran, France
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his estate has belonged to a Bordeaux family since 1880: the heirs of Joseph BERAUD-SUDREAU. It is Philippe and Ghislaine LACOSTE who are now managing the estate since 1999. Many renovations were led in the vineyard and in the cellars ever since. These ones paid off because the wine has won many medals and good rankings by journalists from all over the world mostly during the primeurs period.
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Recognized for its superior reds as well as whites, Pessac-Léognan on the Left Bank claims classified growths for both—making it quite unique in comparison to its neighboring Médoc properties.

Pessac’s Chateau Haut-Brion, the only first growth located outside of the Médoc, is said to have been the first to conceptualize fine red wine in Bordeaux back in the late 1600s. The estate, along with its high-esteemed neighbors, La Mission Haut-Brion, Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pique-Caillou and Chateau Pape-Clément are today all but enveloped by the city of Bordeaux. The rest of the vineyards of Pessac-Léognan are in clearings of heavily forested area or abutting dense suburbs.

Arid sand and gravel on top of clay and limestone make the area unique and conducive to growing Sémillon and Sauvignon blanc as well as the grapes in the usual Left Bank red recipe: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and miniscule percentages of Petit Verdot and Malbec.

The best reds will show great force and finesse with inky blue and black fruit, mushroom, forest, tobacco, iodine and a smooth and intriguing texture.

Its best whites show complexity, longevity and no lack of exotic twists on citrus, tropical and stone fruit with pronounced floral and spice characteristics.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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